Relief and rescue operations underway in Sunrise Hospital, Bhandup West, Mumbai.
A major fire broke out at a COVID-19 hospital. It is located in the Bhandup West region of Mumbai, Maharashtra. Sunrise hospital situated inside the Dreams Mall, third floor.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Prashant Kadam said that a rescue operation is ongoing. DCP further said that "Level-3 or a level-4 fire broke out on the first floor of the mall at 12:30 a.m." Around 23 fire tenders are present at the spot.
Mumbai's mayor, Kishori Pednekar stated the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. At least 70 patients, including Covid positives, have been shifted to another hospital.
A total of 10 people have died so far in the fire that broke out late on Thursday night, in the mall. However, Sunrise Hospital later issued a statement saying the casualties were due to Covid-19 and not the fire.
Initially, 2 deaths were reported by the fire. Many were feared to be trapped inside the building. Later, the death toll went up to 10.
Maharashtra CM, Uddhav Thackeray has announced an ex gratia of Rs. 5 lakh for the families of the victims. He said that action will be taken against those found guilty. Thackeray further added that the hospital was established to serve as a Covid facility during the peak of the pandemic. Its license was due to expire on March 31. He said that the fire did not start at the hospital, but elsewhere.
In an update, the officials have informed that the fire broke out within 100-200 sq meter area of the Dreams Mall.
Sunrise Hospital said, "The hospital was started under exceptional circumstances of Covid last year and has helped in saving many patients. It is functioning with all due compliances like fire license, nursing home license, etc. The hospital staff did a fantastic job in safely evacuating patients on wheelchairs and beds to the refugee areas and by following the fire drills."